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14 Cartoons That Got Way Deeper Than You Were Expecting

Who the hell said cartoons are just for kids?

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2. "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" on The Simpsons

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When you cry: When Homer finishes cuddling with Marge, kisses all the kids good night, and sits on a chair in the living room to die.

Type of cry: The "I still love you" cry.


4. "Forget Me Not" on The Wild Thornberrys

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When you cry: When Eliza tells Rebecca the Elephant " might not be able to back up" and she responds, "That's the idea."

Type of cry: The "Holy shit am I grieving right now?" cry.

5. "Helga on the Couch" on Hey Arnold!

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When you cry: When Arnold compliments Helga after all the bullshit she dealt with from her family prior to meeting him.

Type of cry: The "I understand everything now!" cry.

7. "I Remember You" on Adventure Time

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When you cry: When the Ice King is completely oblivious to the fact that he looked out for Marceline when she was a little kid while they're singing together.

Type of cry: The single-tear cry.


11. "Heart of Ice" on Batman: The Animated Series

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When you cry: When Mr. Freeze is in jail crying to a doll-sized replica of his wife in a snow globe after understanding why he became a villain.

Type of cry: The "Why TF am I crying?" cry.


13. "The Tale of Iroh" on Avatar: The Last Airbender

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When you cry: Right after Iroh sings "Leaves From the Vine" mourning Lu Ten's death, and you see that the episode was dedicated to Mako Iwamatsu (the voice actor who played Iroh).

Type of cry: The "grab my pillow and cry" cry.


A previous version of this post misstated the name of the Futurama episode “Jurassic Bark.”

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